J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Hélène Schmitt
Individual Works:Volume 1
Sonata BWV 1001
Partitas BWV 1002 & 1004

Volume 2
Sonata BWV 1003 & 1005
Partita BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Alpha
Year Released/Recorded:2005/2006
Comments:Peter Bossen said:

The six "solo a violino" indicate what Bach 1720 considered as possible on the violin, without doubling of ideas, without the listener missing the accompaniment. For the soloists they are - at the same time - hardest trials and mirrors of their soul. Gidon Kremer plays gorgeously, however without the clarity targeted by Bach. Julia Fischer is brilliant but unable to pause, smiling of amazement. Ilya Gringolt reveals the harshness and brittleness, overlooking the magic. Here we have two CDs with Hūlūne Schmitt as a time-traveller, meeting Bach intrinsically and affecting the today's living strongly. The versed Frenchwoman with her 1700 Camilli violin approaches the Olympus on steep ascents.
Result: Exciting sensual interpretation by a historically acquainted border-crosser.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Peter Bossen
Date First Submitted:03/22/2006